I attended the Black Lives Matter protest against police brutality in Dallas yesterday. Attending the protest allowed me to see faces of those deeply hurting from the injustice. It also allowed me to hear the voices of those in pain and those who are angry at a system that unfairly targets black Americans.
Defund The Police
With the constant injustice black Americans face, as well as many other Americans, at the hand of the police. I was especially interested in the idea of rethinking public safety. First, starting with giving the police less money so our cities can use those resources in ways that will actually help Americans. Like having a team of people that are specialized in crisis management, mental illnesses, deescalation, and other types of needs. These teams can address the variety of emergencies cities deal with. I also think it would be a great idea to move public safety under elected boards by smaller communities to provide oversight of that community’s policing. You can read more about what it means to “defund the police” at this Wikipedia article: Defund The Police.
I made these photos yesterday in downtown Dallas to capture the emotion and unity at the Black Lives Matter protest. I made the photos in black and white to allow us, the viewers, to focus on the people and the energy of the protest.
Our county wants to be an example of freedom and equality to all the world. Certainly, that can’t truly happen until racism is eradicated from our justice system and people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor stop dying unjustly.
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